Popular Series to Feature Park Cities Homes

The “Coffee with Hal” lecture series on prominent 20th-century architect Hal Thomson will feature tours of two of the many Park Cities homes that he designed during his long architectural career in Dallas.

Guests for the October 13 event will visit two homes in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue and then sit down for a talk by Dallas architect Wilson Fuqua about the influence of Thomson on the design of mansions here during the first half of the last century.

The Friends of Aldredge House and the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society are hosting “Coffee with Hal” along with the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture. Lambert’s Landscape Company is a sponsor.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon with the home tour followed by Wilson Fuqua’s talk. Paul Field, the owner of Lambert’s Landscape, will also discuss landscaping at the homes.

In addition to the Park Cities homes, Thomson designed a number of mansions along Swiss Avenue, including the historic Aldredge House at 5500 Swiss Ave.

The Friends of Aldredge House initiated the “Coffee with Hal” lecture series last year.

Among the Highland Park homes designed by Thomson are the mansions at 4236 and 4237 Armstrong Parkway, 4726 Drexel Drive, and 4612 Lakeside Drive. The Potomac Avenue homes featured on the tour reflect the charming and less imposing style he also was capable of designing.

Tickets are $30 for members of the three host organizations and $35 for non-members. Information about purchasing them online can be obtained at the following websites: friendsofaldredgehouse.org and pchps.org.

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